Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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A resolution by the Farmville District Parent Teachers Association which commended Governor Thomas B. Stanley and Virginia legislature on their leadership and supporting measures adopted by the General Assembly in its special session of 1956. …

In a March 1959 letter marked "personal and confidential," Senator Harry F. Byrd briefed Abbitt on his efforts to have the Internal Revenue Service rescind the tax-exempt status of the NAACP and grant tax exempt status to to new segregation academies…

A model General Assembly bill drafted by the Defenders of Segregation for a new state law stipulating that "white and colored children shall not be taught together in the public schools of Virginia” and that “no state funds shall be expended in…

Six months after the Brown v. Board decision, constituent Howard Vinson of Franklin, Virginia, wrote Abbitt that “my kids and several others will not attend school. “If a law can be made to cast aside the white man rights it all so can cost…

In a joint letter, five Southerners (including a retired bishop from South Carolina, a presiding judge in Alababa, a church rector from North Carolina) objected to a resolution condemning segregation and racial discrimination by the Bishops of the…

Florence D. Reipe, district director of the Staunton River district chapter of Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers sent Abbitt a resolution unanimously adopted at the district chapter's annual meeting on March 14, 1958. The resolution…

J.C. McGehee sent a handwritten letter to Abbitt from Keysville, Va. to express his opinions regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on integrated schooling. McGehee said that he refused to endorse integration and asked Abbitt and other…

This pamphlet satirized supporters of integration for believing that the personal views of Supreme Court justices overruled the Constitution. It also called out elite Northerners for hypocrisy on questions of racial equality: “Would you please pass…

Personal notebook of Watkins M. Abbitt with reminders about meetings and to-do lists, including a note about a meeting with Dr. Joe Eggleston at Hamden-Sydney.

This correspondence was not directly addressed to Watkins M. Abbitt but came into his office through congressional referrals created by the Redistricting Act of Congress and the constituent's reference to multiple locations in Abbitt's congressional…
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